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>> Eastside opened Monday on Washington Ave., just across from the Depot in Minneapolis. The Ryan Burnet restaurant has swank design touches (in beautiful tile, a bar that opens to the outside, plus an open and kicking kitchen), but a pretty easy-going vibe. That chicken dish is simple, but legit.
>> Hey you know what you should do after a super busy State Fair run? Start a remodel project the day after! That's what the Blue Plate Group did, when they closed and got to work on The Highland Grill. Well, now the first of their urban diners is open again with a spiffy new interior and some fun new stuff on the menu.
>> Nordstrom at Ridgedale is open as of this morning, which means that its Italian eatery Ruscello is now open too. The menu is pretty simple, but the bar is perfect for spouse squatting during big shopping trips.
>> Cafe Zentral, Brasserie Zentral's skyway spot, had closed for the time being. The spot has been sold to a long-time employee and will re-open as World Cafe sometime this month. Pretzel fixes will need to be fulfilled on the lower level.
>> The Calhoun Square location of Republic will pour their last beer on October 11. Fear not, the Seven Corners location is still going strong (and in fact hosting the zany Where The Wild Beers Are this weekend).
>> Bonicelli Kitchen has hit a finncing snag. The Kickstarted project, which was slated to open soonish in a refurbished building on Fillmore in Northeast, posted optimistically about moving to find a new solution.
>> Norseman Distillery is so very, very close to opening a new cocktail room.
>> First question you should be asking "WHERE SHOULD WE GO FOR BRUNCH?"
>> On Sunday, you'll want to hoof it over to Terzo for their first annual Vendemmia! The celebration of the wine harvest will have plenty of libations, live music, and porchetta, plus a grape stomp competition that will be waged among some of the top sommeliers in the cities. Will having a French pedicure get them more points?
>> If your kitchen walls could use some bling, stop into Midwest Pantry's Local Food Poster Show at Chowgirls space on Sunday. Besides the 18 versions of limited edition posters showing off the local food scene, you'll be able to snack on samples, listen to the musical stylings of Potluck and the HotDishes, and feel good about a purchase: $10 from every poster goes to Free Arts Minnesota, a bunch of cool people helping young people out.
>> Get out your posh frocks, lovelies. Betty Dangers is throwing a Fall Cotillion on October 15th. Throw on some fancy togs and for $40 you can make your societal debut. It's a safe bet that the punch bowl will be spiked, and since the club will be open to ticket holders only the musical gondola rides will be free, but also count on some "dangerous" ballroom dancing, sport. Now where did I leave my wrap?
>> You've already eaten a whole bag of candy corn and it's only the 2nd? #NoJudgement as long as you didn't wash it down with a PSL. Learn how to properly hydrate during the high holiday of high fructose corn syrup: check out Badger Hill Brewing's Candy & Beer Pairing Class on October 28. Your $10 gets you candy, a beer flight, and then more beer. And then later, more candy when you eat the stuff you bought for the trick or treaters, then turn your lights off and pretend you're not home.